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How to distill, organize, and process photos, for a n00b?

Okay, so I just got back from a long vacation, where I took something like 5,000 photos. How do I sort, refine, process, and organize them? [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Sep 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Camera for technique-savvy but tech-averse senior

Mother-in-law is an accomplished mixed-media artist. She likes to use a camera to document her work. The camera she's using is about to give out. House is computer-free, network-free and definitely free of cell phones. What's an easily-used camera of 2014 that she might actually use? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Sep 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for the perfect daypack

I'm looking for a daypack that'll carry an SLR camera, an extra lens, a book, and a water bottle. I'd like it to be compact enough that it can't carry much else. I'd like it to offer some mild degree of protection to the camera and the lens. I don't mind if it's a backpack, shoulder bag, or sling. Style-wise, I'd rather it not look like a camera bag. And I'm a male. [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Sep 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Home CCTV options?

I've been toying with the idea of getting some sort of CCTV or IPCCTV to keep track of what's going on around my house. Do you have CCTV? What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Why can't I remember how to use my camera?

Photography has been a lifelong, though not consistent, interest of mine. I have always had an SLR or DSLR camera for about 30 years. Yet I still can't remember how to operate the damn thing without using automatic settings! What is my problem and can you suggest ways to improve my 'technical memory'? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Aug 12, 2014 - 13 answers

How to take better photographs of movement in low light indoors.

I'm having problems with taking photos indoors when there's a lot of movement. Prime example: weddings. Most of the shots turn out blurry. I have a basic digital camera with a setting for low light but it's at a low resolution and too grainy to print. Without using a tripod or flash what's the best way to adjust the manual settings to compensate?
posted by adapt on Aug 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Doggie cam assistance needed!

I would like to set up a doggie cam to keep an eye on my pooch while I'm in the office and I need some suggestions! [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Can I Interchange Charging Methods with USB Cables?

Can I use my phone's USB charger/wall plug to charge my sports camera? Or, what do I need to know in order to figure it out myself? (Details within.) [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Jul 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Dashboard camera advice needed (not to film insane stuff)

We are driving cross-country and I wanted to record the trip. Basically, I want to take a still image every minute we're driving. Later, I want to stitch it into a time lapse video. I want something that has good image quality, can plug into car cigarette lighter, and has enough memory so a daily download of eight hours of images is enough. I see a lot of dash cams on Amazon, but none of them have enough information to tell me whether the still photo idea will work.
posted by soulbarn on Jul 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Canon MkII malfunction

My wife's Canon 5D MkII seems to be bricked, and I'm looking for input on what the issues might be and if it's reparable (or worth it to repair it). [more inside]
posted by hootenatty on Jul 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me beat the crap out of my camera

How can I best protect my dSLR camera during a rugged hiking trip, while still keeping it accessible for shooting? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jun 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Yet another question about digital cameras

I'd like to upgrade my household's photography capabilities with a new camera and I am torn between a low-end DSLR and the new mirrorless micro-4/3rds cameras. I'm torn between the world of possibilities in the DSLR space vs. the more portable aspects of mirrorless cameras. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino on Jun 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Film Camera Maintenance

I start a darkroom class next week, and want to get my cameras up to snuff before then. They haven't been used in decades, and have been sitting in a pile in a bag on a dusty shelf in the meantime. The models are: two Minolta SRT101s (likely from the 1970s), one Mamiya MSX1000 (also likely from the 1970s), and one Franke & Heidecke Braunshweig Compur-Rapid Heidoscop-Anastigmat 1:2.8 (likely from the 1950s, though not sure). [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Jun 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Cheap, simple camera for the photography n00b

Help a newbie photographer choose a decent point-and-shoot for $200 or less. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jun 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Fixing My Photography Workflow So It Will Work For Me

I am in the market for a new Nikon DSLR, but my home laptop/photo workflow situation is sadly out of date and not working for me. Should I consider an iPad for a main photo workflow solution, now that I could get a DSLR with wireless capability? Lots of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jun 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Explain to me a point-and-shoot's wide depth of field

Digital point-and-shoots have a very wide depth of field. I've been explained this is because of the tiny sensor size. But film P&S have very wide depth of field too, despite being "full frame." My guess is because of the lens distance to film and small aperture. Is this correct? Say, if I frankenmount a film P&S lens to a DSLR would I get the same wide depth of field of a P&S?
posted by jgwong on Jun 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Photographing indoors, need lens recommendations

I need a recommendation for a camera lens for my Rebel Xsi. I'm photographic quilts indoors (the quilt is hanging flush against a wall) and I can't photograph the whole dang thing with my current lenses (a 50mm 'nifty-fifty' and a EFS 18-55). Is there an affordable lens I could buy that would work better? The distance from wall-to-wall is about 7 feet. The quilt I was trying to photograph was 70x70 inches. Thanks in advance.
posted by pibeandres on Jun 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Building a self destructing USB drive

Today's world demands high security devices, like an aggressively self-destructing USB drive. I would like advice on the possibility of creating such a thing if one wouldn't mind offering wisdom. [more inside]
posted by fieldcannotbeblank on May 22, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I make the date stamp visible in pictures taken with an iPhone?

One year ago, I moved into my current apartment, and found that the dryer vents were clogged with lint, mold spots in the bathroom etc. I took a series of pictures on my move-in day with the camera on my iPhone 4S. Now that I'm leaving, I want to print them for my move-out inspection. However, there is currently no date stamp visible on the photos. How can I make it appear? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on May 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Quick! Cameras in Atlanta?

I will have a long layover in Atlanta tomorrow between international flights, and would like to buy a camera lens. Specifically, an Sigma 18-200. Where is the best place to do this? Quick and/or easy trip from the airport by MARTA is a must. I hope this is still possible, despite my lack of planning in advance!
posted by whatzit on May 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for a Camera Bag That Can Hold a 10" Tablet

Essentially I'm looking for recommendations for a bag that will hold a DSLR and two lenses as well as a 10" tablet and some other smaller accessories. Extra points if it will also handle a full size keyboard, but I don't expect that to be possible.
posted by nathanrudy on May 3, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I clean my sticky camera?

OK, so I recently spilled beer on my Fujifilm X100S. Doh! Luckily, the camera still functions fine. Unluckily, most of the manual control dials are now sticky and hard to adjust, including the focus ring, aperture ring, battery/card door and optical/digital viewfinder switch. It's kind of a mess. Help! [more inside]
posted by flod on Apr 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Samsung Galaxy S5...a goner?

So I didn't really want to use a question on this, but earlier today I was out taking the camera on my new S5 for a spin. The results are beautiful. The problem is that at some point during the day, I managed to drop my phone about four feet onto the metal footplate of my electric wheelchair. I'm wondering if this may have killed the maniacally fast autofocus I thought I had going for me earlier in the day. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Apr 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Which camera meets my needs?

I need a point and shoot camera that meets these three criteria: 1. Mega zoom 2. GPS built in 3. Shoots in raw format. My Google-fu has failed me. Any suggestions?
posted by gnossos on Apr 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Photography tips wanted

I need to take an outdoor photograph of a subject standing in front of a large, white, shiny background (a vehicle). The person and the vehicle are equally important elements in the picture. I need to take the photo when both the subject and the vehicle are available, so I have no control over the date or time or weather. Assuming I need to do this on a bight, sunny day (although I'm hoping for a slightly overcast one) where do I position them relative to the sun? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Apr 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Recommendations for inexpensive still-image, auto-uploading webcam

My organization is starting a major construction project, anticipated to take about 4 years. We'll be using a Nikon D5300's interval capability to capture high-resolution, high-quality images for archival and documentation purposes. We would also like to be able to monitor the progress remotely over the internet by using a webcam or other camera (under $200) that can take good-quality still images and upload them automatically to our server (or email them) via WiFi. More specifics after the click. [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Apr 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Best compact camera for a senior citizen friend with vision problems?

What compact camera would you recommend for a senior citizen who uses reading glasses and just doesn't have the greatest eyesight overall? Any specific features to look for, especially in terms of the viewfinder?
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 6, 2014 - 7 answers

ISO pocket-friendly camera

In search of a decent, relatively small camera to use for research and traveling, preferably under 500 bucks. I don't really want a DSLR, because I used to travel with an SLR and a massive lens and I don't want to deal with it now (nor do I really need it.) Is this or this enough camera? Would this be too much camera? Or this? [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Mar 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me find a camera or tool to look inside my ear

I have frequent ear problems, getting psoriasis in my ears, or impacted earwax, or sometimes a mild case of swimmers ear, or sometimes just pain due to my TMJ. My doctor and my ENT has gotten annoyed at me going in to see him so much (almost monthly) due to ear pain and usually just says my ears look fine. I need a camera to look inside my ears to see whats going on before I go to the doctor. I have watched alot of videos of peoples ear problems and done alot of research and know what what to look for and will go to the doctor if there is something wrong with my ears. I have a otoscope I bought but don't have anyone to look into it for me and I cant do it myself. Is there someway to hook it up to a camera or webcam? Or does anyone know what camera they use in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5m8XTATcus (skip to 0:42)
posted by john123357 on Mar 12, 2014 - 17 answers

High-res CCTV, viewable on an iPhone and recording on motion

I just bought a Swann system, the DVR9-4200 with PRO-642 cameras. I've been extremely disappointed with both the image quality and the system reliability, so it's going back. [more inside]
posted by dance on Mar 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Can I mirror iPhone camera output - without the controls?

Hi - in a pinch, I need to use my iPhone to feed live video to a projector. I have a VGA adapter, so I can mirror my camera, but I can't feed "clean" video without all the on-screen camera controls, etc. I feel like the answer is easy, but I'm flummoxed. Is there an app or way to get just plain camera output without the controls? thanks!
posted by smelvis on Mar 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Camera options with baby on the way

I'm thinking about upgrading my camera from a 10-year-old point-and-shoot to take photos of an imminent new baby (and eventual child-on-the-go), but the options are crazy-making. Camcorder, point-and-shoot, or interchangeable lenses? Video, pocketability, or picture quality? What did you find was the best option? I already have an iPhone 5s that I will use for quick snaps. [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Feb 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Cheap digital camera for listing things on eBay?

I foolishly lent my digital camera for what was meant to be a short time and is turning into an indefinite period. I need to list some stuff on eBay and Etsy. I would like the cheapest reliable digital camera for this purpose. (I don't have and won't be getting a smartphone (at least not in the immediate "would like to sell things on eBay soon" level of future), so need a stand-alone camera.) [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

How good a camera can I get for $600?

And how do I research on cameras? I want something more than your usual point and shoots. Give me some guidance please! [more inside]
posted by harisund on Feb 11, 2014 - 20 answers

What does my camera do with the distance information?

I'm looking at buying a used Nikkor lens to use on my D80 (and on whatever the next body I buy is when I finally retire that body). For many of the older lenses you can get a significant savings by buying the version of the lens that does not send distance info to the camera (non-D version). How much do I care? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Feb 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Not orbs, just ugly on my photos!

Can anybody help me diagnose the digital photography trouble I'm having? Link to blurry whitish spots all over my pix inside...TIA! [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Feb 5, 2014 - 7 answers

LifeLogging Camera?

I need a LifeLogging camera. Something small that can take a highish resolution photo every 10 seconds or so for a full day that I can clip to my shirt collar. If you've tried one of these cameras or know of one I haven't listed I'm interested in hearing about it! There's the Autographer, but it's expensive and the battery is only good for 10 hours. The Narrative (aka Memento) looks pretty good, but it's not quite out yet. The Blynk has terrible image quality. There are also small video cameras (MeCam & 808 keychain camera), but they don't shoot for long enough.
posted by gregr on Feb 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Best lens for Pentax camera to take pictures of family?

What lens would be best for a new photographer for taking pictures of family (babies, kids, humans) with a Pentax K-x 12.4MP Digital SLR with 2.7 inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL? (Can you tell I just copied that from the receipt?) [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jan 28, 2014 - 21 answers

Help finding a digital camera around $400-$600.

Looking for best quality photos in a reasonably small package. [more inside]
posted by melamakarona on Jan 19, 2014 - 19 answers

Need help creating employee "fun" company website

Our company has 3 different locations (all US) and a couple hundred work from home employees. We want to create a website that would allow us to communicate, have fun, and increase employee engagement. [more inside]
posted by jseven on Jan 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Looking for a teaching (digital) camera

I'm getting ready to teach a photography class for "at-risk" high schoolers. We have 8-10 students, and a budget of $1000 for supplies. So I'm trying to decide what cameras to buy for this class (and future classes), and seeking a camera that's cheap enough that we can buy 8-10 of them, but has enough manual control that it's interesting to play with. [more inside]
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Issue: Selling camera lenses on eBay. Difficulty: I am clueless.

Well, I do have a little knowledge, but it is years past. Basically, I am trying to find out how to list camera lenses on eBay. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jan 11, 2014 - 13 answers

How to shop for a video camera?

I would like to use Apple iMovie to edit footage of piano performances in (at least) 720p resolution, and I am looking for the best camera for a budget of $400-600. I do not want to plug in the video camera and spend hours copying footage to disk and then transcoding before bringing into iMovie, which appears to rule out all Sony cameras (and possibly others?) that record in a format not friendly to iMovie. With that primary restriction in mind, what is the best video camera/"camcorder" for a budget of $400-600 that works best with iMovie? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Help for a photography newbie!

My mum got a shiny new camera. It has dials and buttons and beeps now and then. Understandably, it's all so confusing. Help! [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Dec 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Lost my camera in the snow; is it worth trying to find it in the Spring?

I dropped our point-and-shoot today while sledding with the kids. I figure the camera is a write-off, but I may be able to find it when the snow melts. Will the SD card still be good? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Dec 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Where should I sell my camera, in Seattle?

I want to sell my Nikon D40. I live just north of Seattle. What's the best place for me to sell it? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Backpack for hiking supplies and easy access side pocket to DSLR camera?

Husband loves to take photos when hiking, but hates taking his backpack all the way off and on again every time he wants to reach for his camera. I need a hiking backpack for my husband that will hold all the regular stuff for a day hike but with some sort of easy access zippered side pocket where he can just reach around to grab his camera, shoot photos, and put it back inside while leaving the backpack on his back the whole time. Ideally for $60 or less. Searched around on amazon but cannot find it. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by skjønn on Dec 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me find a good older model DSLR

Hi all. I'm thinking of upgrading my camera from a bridge/superzoom to a proper DSLR. My budget is pretty small and it's likely to see some pretty rough use, so I probably don't want to get anything new. I think I have a pretty good idea of my requirements, but navigating the world of obsolete DSLRs is a bit complicated for me so I would appreciate your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 26, 2013 - 13 answers

DSLR on a budget: Buy an older high-end or a newer low-end camera?

This blog post has inspired me take better photos of people without spending a fortune. For a given budget (let's say camera body less than $600) should I buy a current low-end DSLR (e.g. the Canon Rebel T5i) or watch eBay for a used higher-end DSLR from a few years ago (e.g. the Nikon D7000)? [more inside]
posted by teem on Dec 16, 2013 - 17 answers

Reasonably priced IR/thermal imaging camera

I don't need something like the Predator's thermal/IR graphics, but a thermal imaging camera seems like something that would be interesting to have/use. Except they are $800 and up. Are there any cheaper options ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Dec 11, 2013 - 3 answers

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